UNDER SECRETARY HUGHES: I haven’t really heard a lot of that. I had one person at one lunch raise the issue of the President mentioning God in his speeches. And I asked whether he was aware that previous American presidents have also cited God, and that our Constitution cites “one nation under God.” He said “well, never mind” and went on to something else. So he sort of was trying to equate that with the terrorists’ (inaudible). So I explained that I didn’t really think that was something you could equate. And he sort of dropped it and moved on. He was one of the opposition leaders in Egypt.
Jeez, no wonder these right wing nuts get their panties in an almighty bunch about the saying the Pledge in school! They're so damn dumb, they think the Pledge actually is the Constitution!
Now, to be fair, a lot of decent, intelligent and excellent citizens have never read the Constitution and have no idea what's in it. And, really, that's okay. I mean, if you're a truck driver, or a stock broker, or a sales representative, well, how often is Article IV really going to come up?
If you read the news, pay your taxes, vote in elections, and try to let your honest conscience guide you, you can still be an outstanding American knowing very little about our Constitution.
But if you work in the executive branch of the government, which derives all its power and authority from the Constitution, if you are a counselor and "most essential advisor" to the President, if you're an ambassador, and the undersecretary of state charged with "changing foreigners' perceptions about America", don't you think it should be a job requirement to have actually read the Constitution?
I mean, we expect truck drivers to have a commercial driver's license, don't we? We expect teachers to be certified, don't we?
But one of the most important jobs in our government today--changing the perception of the United States in the Mideast--is given to a fucking idiot who hasn't even read the Constitution, for crying out loud?
I know, I know! It's asking a whole lot of our gubment officials, that they should have to sit down and spend fifteen whole minutes reading the dozen or so pages that comprise our Constitution. I know it's unduly burdensome to ask that the people who run our executive branch actually have some idea of the powers and limitations of our executive branch. Demanding that these people have rudimentary knowledge about their jobs is as silly as expecting them to be qualified to do them!
But, if your sole job is to change foreigners' perceptions about America and explain America to people of foreign countries, come on! How the fuck are you supposed to explain the American system of government to foreigners when you, yourself, confuse the Pledge of Allegience with the Constitution???
How embarrassing. Even for the incompetent Bush administration. But most of all for the greatest nation in the world, that we send an incompetent, ignoramous like this out to the rest of the world to "represent" us.